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Flood-hit farmers get food aid, farm inputs

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At least 1,500 farmers affected by last month’s heavy rains and flash flood were given food packs last Nov. 3, according to City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat.

He said the food recipients were farmer-residents of barangays Labuan, Patalon, Sinubong, Talisayan, Pamucutan, La Paz, Tulungatung, Ayala, Maasin and Sinunuc.

Palacat also announced that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) had also turned over farm implements like seaweeds, squid jiggers, life vest, hook and line and gill net for 510 famers.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) also donated 700 sacks of corn seeds—650 sacks white corn seeds and 50 bags yellow corn seeds.

The affected farmers in the east coast barangays will receive their food packs anytime this week.

To recall, the heavy rains and flash flood spawned by the inclement weather from Oct. 14 to 17 had destroyed 3,470 hectares of farm lands and fishponds, affecting a total of 2,499 farmers.

Agricultural crops and fishery products damaged by the flood amounted to P155.604 million.

This prompted the Sangguniang Panlungsod to declare Zamboanga City under a state of calamity upon the request of Mayor Beng Climaco following recommendations by the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.-(Vic Larato)